Category Archives: Hydro/Marine

Emily Tidey

Lecturer, Hydrographic Surveying, Otago University Dunedin, New Zealand We received a record number of nominations for geospatial professionals in New Zealand this year—and all were women! While difficult to choose from among the candidates, Emily Tidey stands out as an educator and specialist in the essential (but often overlooked) surveying discipline of hydrographic survey. Maritime...

Emilie Novaczek

PhD Candidate, Marine Geomatics Research Lab, Memorial University Newfoundland & Labrador Canada While still at the beginning of her career, Emilie Novaczek has already gained the attention of the marine mapping and research community as well as acclaim for her work in related youth education, volunteer coordination, and mentorship. And Novaczek does a lot of...

Street Views of the Water

Above: Martin Offenhauer surveys the Big Rock Road section of the San Diego River. Credit: SDRPF. Mapping rivers above and below the surface creates great opportunity for engineers and stewards. The way maps are produced and displayed varies greatly, depending on their extent, their intended use, and the peculiar challenges of each environment. Mapping a...

After the Storm

Above image: Puerto Rico was surveyed using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar system to provide efficient damage assessment. Image courtesy of the Joint Airborne Technical Center of Expertise. Post-hurricane coastal mapping is a complex process made easier with airborne bathymetry. Lately, large storms such as hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons have been wreaking havoc...

The Data of River Dynamics

Using GIS tools and readily accessible satellite data to study rapid change in rivers. Editor’s note: The dynamics of rivers can range from relatively stable to rapidly shifting, the latter especially in flood-prone regions exacerbated by a global increase in extreme weather events. The impacts are environmental, but also economic, social, and cadastral. Surveyors, for...

The CEE-USV remote survey boat at work on Detroit Lake, OR

Surveying Beyond the Water’s Edge

A remotely controlled unmanned survey vessel gives a land survey crew full hydrographic abilities for two busy marinas in Oregon. Founded in 2005, Statewide Land Surveying (SWLS) is a small business located in Gresham, Oregon, well acquainted with taking on challenging projects. While mostly engaged in land surveying, SWLS crew members have been involved for over...